Briefly Noted … Wind Energy

Worldwide News Briefs and Information on Renewable Energy

– There are 55 wind power generators for every 100 homes in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the regional New Energy Development Office. The region has constructed five large wind fields and officials claim that most herdsmen in the region have access to solar and wind power. – Twenty-three wind turbines with installed capacity of 15 MW will be installed in the Spanish province of Jaen for Sistemas Energeticas by Gamesa Eolica. It is the third windfarm that Gamesa has established in Andulusia. – Warsaw-based Deniz Investment Company will construct 100 one-megawatt wind turbines over the next 5 years and has invested z 1.4 million to buy and lease land near the Vistula Estuary and on the Baltic sea coast. The Polish company is planning a total investment of US$50 million and expects that, by 2010, 7 percent of the country’s energy will come from non-conventional power plants. – Wind energy is expected to become an important business line for Spain’s Gamesa, a manufacturing company that produces turbines for aeronautic and renewable energy applications. The company has cut 500 jobs from its airline division due to the global crisis in the commercial airline sector. – The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority has expanded its network to 36 companies of energy and engineering consultants offering services through its Flexible Technical (FlexTech) Assistance Program. The program is the first stop for customers seeking assistance from NYSERDA to lower their energy costs and improve efficiency. The expansion responds to increased demand for energy efficiency services and a growing interest in studies to determine the feasibility of installing renewable energy systems.

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